Arxiu Lliure

Arxiu Lliure

A process in several phases

In order to understand that contents we are making available in the Arxiu Lliure (Archive of the Teatre Lliure), in this initial introduction we would like to outline the working process to date and the upcoming we will be tackling from now on.

What have we done so far?

  • To create this new digital platform, we started with the holdings kept by the Teatre Llilure in its different internal document archives, storage sites and websites. We have created a digital device that connects all of them.
  • A total of 12,079 objects and documents which were not yet in digital format were digitalised.
  • The data from all the productions, co-productions and guest shows were mined and interconnected.
  • The artificial intelligence programme qUIc was used to identify the more than 28,000 faces that appear in the photograph archive.
  • More than 14,000 duplicate photographs were eliminated.
  • The content of the shows contained in the historical websites until the 2018/19 season was automatically captured.
  • The files on shows were linked with their revivals.
  • The different artistic and technical categories were collected so that inquiries could be made on both aspects.
  • The spelling of the names of the people who appear in more than two shows and have their own file were standardised.
  • Tours were added.
  • A narrative based on the digitalised holdings was created, the first of which is found in the section entitled Narratives.
  • Public access has been provided to the materials depending on the stipulations of their respective rights protections.

We will continue to work on...

  • The systematisation and standardisation of the materials included in series, festivals and special programmes.
  • The reformulation of the materials from concerts and shows featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the Teatre Lliure so that the titles of each piece can be found and all the performers in each ensemble appear.
  • The revision of the names that appear in the show files so that they appear with a standardised spelling of their first name(s) and surname(s).
  • The revision of the files on show revivals, as there are likely to have been changes compared to the original show.
  • The inventory of professions: we have to finish our task of creating equivalences or new categories that are not entered into the files we have standardised (and therefore their corresponding names).
  • The revision of the order in which the files appear once the inventory is revised.
  • The standardisation of the titles and names of the materials digitalised in earlier periods, especially videos, compared to the titles and names being defined now.
  • The inclusion of the characters or instruments in the show files.
  • The inclusion of press documents and collectibles which were not automatically transferred from the websites prior to the new platform for technical reasons.
  • The catalogue of the photos since 1997 whose authors are unknown.
  • The digitalisation of the press clippings from 1993 until today.
  • The inclusion of the photographic archives of Josep Ros Ribas, which he himself updates.
  • All the shows and other materials from the 2019/20 season until today.

How to contribute to the Arxiu Lliure?
Because this archive is living and constantly growing, you can contribute by contacting us if you find something missing or detect mistakes in any of the information published.
The vast scope of this project makes mistakes inevitable, so your contribution is essential.

The students in internships Mireia Besas, Eulàlia Català and Marc Colomer (Faculty of Information and Audiovisual Media of the Universitat de Barcelona) and Paula Alvear (Escola de disseny Serra i Abella), Josep Ros Ribas for his visual narrative and the main characters in the history of the Teatre Lliure for their cooperation throughout the entire process of creating the Arxiu Lliure to date.

A Teatre Lliure project with
Nubilum - data architecture, knowledge organisation and document processing support (with Coeli - documentary platform and support tools such as qUIc)
Edittio - web design
Made with funding from the Department of Culture of the government of Catalonia within the ERDF line of subsidies d